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River Gunboats

River Gunboats Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2023 Title River Gunboats
Author Roger Branfill-Cook Publisher U.S. Naval Institute Press
Published 2018 ISBN 9781682477328
Format 320 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) varies on Amazon


Alphabetically arranged by country, the utterly absorbing River Gunboats: An Illustrated Encyclopedia from Naval Institute Press spans 56 spellbinding sections alphabetically arranged by country.

From Argentina and Austria-Hungary through Manchukuo and Mozambique to Vietnam and Yugoslavia, the picture-packed study surveys purpose-designed gunboats, conversions of sea-going and coastal warships for riverine operations, and adaptions of civilian vessels for combat use.

Text traverses a vast array of vessel types. It spans the earliest 19th century steam subjects to today’s “stealth” units. And it even recaps gunboat service with ultra-small, landlocked navies like Bolivia’s and Malawi’s.

Hundreds of photos, drawings, sketches, and paintings season the hefty hardback. Dimensional and performance specifications accompany subjects. And it provides plenty of eye-popping disclosures.

What a source for scratch-building and diorama inspiration!

Rabidly recommended!

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